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Tuesdays On The RunWhen Erika pointed out that this week’s Tuesdays on the Run topic was Taking a Running Break I had to laugh a little.

You see, Wednesday is National Running Day! ?But two out of three of your hosts have been taking much-needed running breaks.

You see the irony? ?Don’t worry- April is still on the move!

So tell us about your break from running- and if you’ve never done that, don’t worry, link up any running related post.

Dear Running, It’s Not You- It’s Me

Somewhere in the middle of the Star Wars half marathon I had this talk with myself. ?Basically, it was my come to Jesus moment of running:

Shenanigans, you’re done!

Well- after you finish this race, the Glass Slipper Challenge and the Castaway Cay, but then, REALLY… you are done!

break 1

I had my reasons. ?I won’t bother you with all of them.

It came down to the simple fact that I didn’t want to train anymore. ?I still wanted to run the races and be part of the community, but the day-to-day training held no joy.

And I really cannot run a half marathon with no training. ?I’m not that person. ?Heck- running them WITH training is hard enough for me!

So I took a break from running. ?We talked about this during the Spring Training post a few weeks back.

break 3

That’s a whole lotta not running going on there!

I gained some weight. ?Then I lost some weight. ?Now I’m back to the same weight I was a year ago. Le sigh- but that’s a whole different post.

Last week the running itch started up again.

I tried to remind myself:

It didn’t work. ?Just like Rachel, my mind and body weren’t buying it.

I had to scratch that itch.

And it wasn’t bad- not bad at all!

Slow, yes. And I kept it short at 2 miles. ?But it was good.

The whole act of laying out my clothes the night before, getting up before the sun, leaving the house on my own and heading out was a wonderful feeling.

Plus I got to see this again.

runrise 2

I think my break is over.

I think it’s time to run again.

And I think the break served the purpose.

I want to train again.

I want to see the times get faster and feel the breathing get easier as I improve. ?I’m even considering a few September half marathon options- which is insanity on my part.

You know, since this is what I’m looking at:

weather 10pm

Oh, your eyes aren’t messed up. ?That’s some 90-degree weather at 10pm at night buuulllllll crap going on right there.

Ah well… it was a nice break while it lasted.

Have you ever taken a running break? ?How long did you last before you went back to the road?

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Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

I've been on a running break since January. Yes, i've one multiple races since then ( but only because they were already paid But I have one no training in between races. I'm actually really sad to be on this running break now that it is summer but I am hoping I benefit from this hiatus an come back stronger.


Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

I think that if you aren't feeling the run love then don't push yourself! I've taken long breaks (months) and I regularly take breaks from swimming or cycling after a really big event. I figure the love...the desire to do it...needs to come back otherwise it just isn't fun anymore.

Jennifer Lefforge

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

Breaks are so good for us. After all, Patty, if we want to be like that awesome women who just ran a marathon at 92, we gotta pace ourselves, right??

Jenn @ RunWithSole

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

I think it's so great you listened to your body and took your break. But also listened to your body and went back to it when it was calling your name. It totally puts you in control and that is only going to help you be successful. Enjoy your return!!

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